A record number of entries will take on the Montane Summer Spine Races from tomorrow.
Nearly 400 runners are set to register in Edale for the three races, which include the non-stop 268-mile Montane Summer Spine Race.
The race follows the same course as the Montane Spine Race, which takes place in the winter and traverses the Pennine Way from the Peak District and through the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park and Cheviots before finishing in Kirk Yetholm in Scottish Borders. The course has an overall ascent and descent of 13,000m and the highest point is Cross Fell at 892m.
In the field are Anna Troup, who was second overall last year in a woman's course record, and James Leavesley, who was third. Sharon Gayter, who was third, is also returning. Lizzie Faithfull-Davies, who was third in the Winter race in January, and Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, who recently won the 106km Isle of White Challenge, are also part of the line-up.
The Summer Spine Race begins on Sunday at 8am. The Montane Summer Spine Challenger, which is over 174km, starts 8am on Saturday. The 46-mile Montane Summer Spine Sprint sets off at midday Saturday.
The event marks the renewal of the race’s partnership with sponsors Montane, as well as the launch of the Spine Expedition Race Series, which will include new events in Greenland Sweden, among others.
Spine expedition race series. We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Montane and we’ve had record entries this summer as more and more people want to take on ‘Britain’s Most Brutal’,” said Phil Hayday-Brown, Montane Spine Race director and co-owner.